Following on from CWIC 2020: At the Edge, CW TEC 2020 will explore the concept of the 5G edge, reviewing the role of edge computing within the broader 5G architecture evolution.
It’s difficult to read about 5G without seeing mention of the "edge" - edge computing, edge cloud, edge services… but what is the edge? Where is the edge? And why is the edge important for 5G?
CW TEC will bring delegates up to speed on the concept of the 5G edge: reviewing the role of edge computing within the broader 5G architecture evolution, exploring what edge brings to infrastructure, and how edge can enable innovative products and services.
The location of the edge will be discussed along with studies of latency in real, operational mobile network environments. The event will provide context to the work in ETSI ISG MEC and explore where multi-access edge computing will sit within future converged fixed and mobile networks.
The annual CW TEC provides a dynamic forum for harnessing knowledge, driving lively debate and networking at a senior level. It offers a more technical and focused agenda than the International Conference, exploring an emerging problem space that the CW community has highlighted as being particularly worthy of debate. Past event topics have included quantum computing and the impact on spectral value of mobile, satellite, TV, IoT and wearable technologies. The conference format and agenda is driven by the CW membership.
<A link to the event's full agenda can be found at the bottom of this page>
5G Focused Sessions DAY ONE
10:00 - Edge computing in the 5G era.
Roberto Kompany, Senior Analyst, Analysys Mason
What is edge computing? What are use cases that will benefit from edge? What are the opportunities and threats for mobile operators in the 5G era? There has been a lot of discussions about 5G in the recent few years, however, mobile operators will only deliver incremental value if they have a combined 5G and edge computing strategy. Also, although mobile operators will be important players in the edge space, they will not be the only ones and unless the move up the value chain they will not get the full benefits that edge will provide.
10:25 - Finding the edge, and why this matters
Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, BT
Mobile network operators need to identify their network edge to enable the optimal 5G network architecture, the location of the edge will differ between operators and even between services within a given operator. This talk will consider the thinking that goes in to identifying the network edge and review some of the key inputs to the decision-making process. Such inputs include; network latency measurements, RAN architecture and its planned evolution, service platforms and their alignment with future products and services, core network planning and Internet peering and transit locations
11:00 - Latency
Session chaired by Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, BT
Reducing network latency is often stated as being a critical requirement of 5G however what should we consider as good and what’s bad? How low does latency need to be and what service level agreements are required on latency? How does the latency target change for different services and how can we architect a flexible network which enables a wide range of services to be supported? This session will explore how we define, build, measure and verify latency performance within networks while also exploring the options available to network architects and designers to reduce end to end network latency.
11:55 - 5G with an Edge
Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Regius Professor, The University of Surrey & Director, ICS/5GIC,
This talk will cover the role of edge computing and processing in implementing efficient communication protocols, and how it enables engineering Quality of Experience (QoE). We will include some videos from 5G trials to demonstrate the importance of edge computing in the modernisation of some vertical industries. The talk will conclude with an exploration of ‘what next’ from a research point of view.
12:20 - Predicting the change required in networks for latency use cases – are there any dilemmas?
Alessandro Bovone, UK&I Chief Solution Architect, Nokia
5G fuels tomorrow's industry change and drives the new era for consumer communication. As humans and robots work together, in say, in a factory environment there will be a growing need for ultra-low latency and ultra-reliable networks to fulfil the requirements of the use case. This presentation will outline how Bell Labs predict the impact of these changes on a network and how one OEM is providing the best in class products and services to support operators to make well informed strategic decisions.
5G Focused Sessions DAY TWO
9:50 - Session chair to be confirmed: The Cloud
It’s difficult to read about 5G without seeing mention of the “edge” - edge computing, edge cloud, edge services… But what is the edge? Where is the edge? And why is the edge cloud important for 5G? This session will review the role of edge cloud computing within the broader 5G architecture evolution, exploring what edge cloud brings to infrastructure and how this can offer new and exciting opportunities for use cases which result in innovative products and services. This session will also provide context to the work in ETSI ISG MEC and where multi-access edge computing will sit within future converged fixed and mobile networks.
10:20 - Network Function Virtualization and Cloud Native Architectures for 5G
Antía Fernández López, R&D CoDirector of Intelligent Systems Area, Gradiant
The initial NFV deployments for mobile operators didn't bring all expected benefits, since they used a “lift and shift” migration approach, being unable to unlock the full potential of the cloud. The next phase of innovation in 5G is focusing on adopting Cloud Native technologies to achieve web scale and economies of scale. This new NFV reference architecture accommodates Cloud Native Network Function (CNF) and enhancements to NFV framework including Zero-Touch, Containers, Service Mesh or Load Balancers as part of the reference architecture.
10:35 - The EDGE CLOUD: Key Development for 5G Vision Services, RAN Virtualisation & Securing IoT in the Mobile Multi-Cloud (SPONSOR)
Ian Goetz, Chief Architect - Mobile Solutions, Juniper Networks
This talk will cover the market conditions driving the need for the Edge Cloud; the RAN Network Evolution Impacting Edge Cloud Capability such as timing and bandwidth; the intersection with Virtualized and Open RAN; location and latency (where should the Edge Cloud be sited?) and network functions for low latency services. Use Cases and some PoCs will be explored to show it is real!